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/ s蓹r藞va瑟v /
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verb (used without object), sur路vived, sur路viv路ing.
to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live: Few survived after the holocaust.
to remain or continue in existence or use: Ancient farming methods still survive in the Middle East.
to get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence: She's surviving after the divorce.
verb (used with object), sur路vived, sur路viv路ing.
to continue to live or exist after the death, cessation, or occurrence of: His wife survived him. He survived the operation.
to endure or live through (an affliction, adversity, misery, etc.): She's survived two divorces.
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Origin of survive

First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English, from Middle French survivre, from Latin superv墨vere, equivalent to super-super- + v墨vere 鈥渢o live鈥; see sur-1, vivid

synonym study for survive

1. Survive, outlive refer to remaining alive longer than someone else or after some event. Survive usually means to succeed in keeping alive against odds, to live after some event that has threatened one: to survive an automobile accident. It is also used of living longer than another person (usually a relative), but, today, mainly in the passive, as in the fixed expression: The deceased is survived by his wife and children. Outlive stresses capacity for endurance, the time element, and sometimes a sense of competition: He outlived all his enemies. It is also used, however, of a person or object that has lived or lasted beyond a certain point: He has outlived his usefulness.


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How to use survive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for survive

/ (s蓹藞va瑟v) /

(tr) to live after the death of (another)he survived his wife by 12 years
to continue in existence or use after (a passage of time, an adversity, etc)
informal to endure (something)I don't know how I survive such an awful job

Derived forms of survive

survivable, adjectivesurvivability, noun

Word Origin for survive

C15: from Old French sourvivre, from Latin superv墨vere, from super- + v墨vere to live
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